Day 4 ~ Disneyland when you’re broke

Today we kicked off the holiday season with a trip to Disneyland. This moms hours were cut at work so instead of spending a ton on food or toys that never get used I packed us all lunches and we had a great morning and afternoon at the magic kingdom. We are pass holders and there’s no way around that so we can find ways to save and believe it or not, packing your own meals is a huge money saver.

Below some images of our fun filled and no money spent day:

Quinoa Enchilada Casserole ~ Day 3

Today I bring you a vegetarian dish on my path to a more plant based diet.

Quinoa Enchilada Casserole


2 cups cooked Quinoa

1 can black beans rinsed

2 cans green enchilada sauce (10 oz cans)

1 can roasted corn kernels

3 oz chopped green chili’s

1.5 cups of cheddar and mozzarella (1/2 in mixture and 1/2 on top)

How to:

Put all ingredients into a cooking pan and bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until the cheese is well melted on top.

Enjoy & save some for lunches throughout the week.

Day 2 ~ Being Appreciated

Today I bring you a post about appreciation. Who do we appreciate and how do we show it?

At the wee hour of 1am my boyfriend woke me to tell me why he was grateful for me. Well, one of the reasons. I support him emotionally with his art and music. My response was “Why not?”

I appreciate my partner for who he is. He’s not perfect and neither am I. I love that he’s passionate about his art and music and he’s excellent in both areas. He’s even been published for his circuit bending (taking toys or objects and turning them into sound machines) and I don’t know how he does it but he is good. If I try and change him it’s too much work and takes away from me getting him 100%.

We both struggle in areas. Since I met him 3 plus years ago I lost a job of 18 years due to a heart attack and I’ve struggled financially since. I’m working two part time jobs and going to college full time to get my teaching credential and emotionally supports me. He is in flux with his career and financially it’s hard for him too right now but I emotionally support him. We appreciate each other and one day the pay-off will be two stable, creative forces under one roof with four kids between us! Crazy, right? No, it seems just right to me. There’s work to be done first and we are both respectively doing our parts.

We all need to appreciate our partner, family member, friend, or co-worker and it’s nice to let them know we are thinking about them and it’s nice to know you’re appreciated. So take a moment today and let someone know you appreciate them.